The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in biofilm experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2018-2019 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • Time: 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Montana State University, Roberts Hall 321  Map it





Aug 30

Karen Maegaard

PhD Student, Microbiology,
Aarhus University, Denmark

Application of H2 microsensors in environments ranging from microbial mats to anaerobic digesters

Sept 6

Neerja Zambare

PhD Student, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Multi-scale microscopy of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation

Sept 13

No seminar this week

Sept 20

Dr. Mike Franklin

Brian Pettygrove

Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, MSU, CBE


PhD Student, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, MSU, CBE

Ribosome hibernation in dormant Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm cells


Neutrophil clearance of nascent Staphylococcus aureus biofilm

Sept 27

Dr. Seth Pincus

Professor, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU

Can HIV infection be cured?


Oct 4

No seminar this week

Oct 11

Dr. Ross Carlson

Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Multiscale analysis of resource allocation in chronic wound biofilms

Oct 18

Dr. Carl Yeoman

Associate Professor, Dept. of Animal & Range Sciences, MSU

Unraveling the role of biogenic amines in vaginal dysbiosis
and disease

Oct 25

No seminar this week

Nov 1

Dr. Diane Bimczok

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, MSU

How gastric epithelial cells control the immune response to H. pylori infection

Nov 8

Dr. Alexander Hoover

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Akron, Akron, OH

Modeling microbial swimming and interactions in viscoelastic environments

Nov 15

No seminar this week

Nov 22

No Seminar- Thanksgiving Day

Nov 29

Dr. Amy Mathers

Associate Professor, Medicine & Pathology, Div. of Infectious Diseases & Int’l Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA

Down the drain: The exploration of multidrug resistant bacteria
in hospital plumbing

Dec 6

No Seminar- Last Week of Classes